Otley Street Vision 2030
Otley Town Council is consulting on plans to transform the town, in a project called Otley Street Vision 2030.
The aim is to make Otley an accessible town centre that is safe for walking, wheeling and cycling, and full of life. The project is also intended to help tackle the climate emergency.
The consultation materials outline the town council’s vision, which includes encouraging a café culture.
The consultants involved in the project, PJA, say they want to understand the ‘appetite for change’. In a previous engagement process about the Otley Neighbourhood Development Plan, repondents wanted:
- better conditions for walking and cycling
- less idling and air pollution
- pedestrianisation of town centre streets
Specific schemes which are definitely going to happen include:
- a stone paving area on Mercury Row to calm traffic
- on Bridge Street, a continuous footway across the mouth of Mill Lane, and a new zebra crossing
New proposals being worked up by PJA include:
- better pedestrian crossing facilities on routes into the town centre
- continuous footways across minor side roads
- ‘placemaking’ improvements at key junctions
- traffic calming
- wider pavements
The streets concerned are Kirkgate, Boroughgate, New Market, Crossgate and Walkergate.
While the changes are welcome, the specific measures set out in the consultation materials are targeted at walking not cycling. There is, though, a proposal to make the whole town centre 20mph – which would be a benefit to people on bikes.
The consultation is open until 29th April 2022. PJA will then report back in the Summer, and after that there will be a second consultation on ‘wider issues.’